What Is Occupational Cancer?
Horrific rail accidents involving
traumatic railroad personal injuries fill headlines in the news, but some of the worst harm inflicted upon
railroad workers comes in the form of preventable cancers which lead to
outrageous medical bills, years of suffering and in many cases, death.
If you or a loved one has contracted any form of cancer after working
as a railroader, I urge you to contact The Law Offices of Martin E. Jackson
for a consultation to determine whether you may have grounds for a lawsuit
under the Federal Employers' Liability Act.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that up to 10% of cancers
in the country result from occupational exposures. Working in the presence
of carcinogens for extended periods of time dramatically increases the
risk of cancer and railroaders are highly susceptible.
Chemical solvent exposure,
benzene exposure and
asbestos exposure can all be prevented, and railroad companies are subject to strict governmental
regulations to protect workers from these hazards. Failure to provide
a safe working environment makes your employer liable for any injuries
or illnesses you suffer as a result.
Railroad Workers Suffering from Occupational Cancer
Railroad companies will often attempt to keep the plaintiff in a FELA lawsuit from
recovering compensation by alleging that the cancer was caused by conditions in a previous job
or at home and defeating this argument requires careful preparation. Whether
you have been diagnosed with
lymphoma/Hodgkin's disease, the condition most likely could have been prevented if your employer
had followed standard safety guidelines and provided sufficient training,
education and equipment to protect the workers. Your claim may include
compensation for medical expenses, present and future lost income, and
pain and suffering. Surviving family members are also allowed to sue under
the FELA for
Martin E. Jackson has been representing injured railroad workers and their
families since 1986 and has learned from experience that cancer is among
occupational diseases in the industry. In his career as a FELA attorney, Marty Jackson has recovered
more than $50 million in settlements and verdicts nationwide and is ready
to begin work on your claim.